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Patsy's Cornbread Salad

Patsy's Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Festival, S. Pittsburg, TN

Most local people's favorite Festival offering is Patsy Cornbread Salad. The booth is always mob, and literally tons of it have been sold in the last dozen years. Patsy is Patsy Barker, and I begged, wheedled, pleaded, and groveled before she consented, kindly, to give me the recipe. This was back in 2003, and the book which featured it did not come out until 2007. When I got to the Festival in 2008 I was astonished to learn that to the people of South Pittsburg, that I had gotten Patsy to give me the recipe was a feat of high order; that she had turned down requests for it for years. I don't know why I got so lucky; I just thank Patsy for putting a star in my crown.